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Today's Opinions

  • Don't forget downtown

    Patrick Butler is owner of Purple Feet Wines in downtown Galax

    In the past several months, downtown Galax has lost businesses — some that had been around for many years.
    Part of the reason is the sad state of the economy, but part of the issue lies within us. One of the constant refrains I hear from people is that there is no good shopping in Galax.
    No, we don’t have the population base to support tony stores or boutique shops, that’s true.

  • Speakers are brave

    I’ve discussed the questions raised by Mike Goldwasser and the response (or lack of) from the Carroll County Board of Supervisors over dinner with my family, over the phone with friends, even debated it at the grocery store.
    Every conversation has ended with, I’m ashamed to say, something like, “pass the salt” or “oh, well.”

  • Support for school appreciated

    I would like to personally thank each player, spectator, referee, scorekeeper, PTO volunteer and all who made donations in support during the Grayson Highlands School PTO basketball tournament.
    Your support made the tournament a success.
    We are off to a good start in being able to provide our children with the much-needed playground and baseball field.
    We still have a long way to go, so please look for future fundraising events by the PTO so that we can provide for our children. Your support is much needed and greatly appreciated.

  • Scouting offers many advantages

    I would like to let people know the advantages of being a Boy Scout.
    I am a 14 year old boy and this is what Boy Scouts has done for me.
    Since joining the Boy Scouts a year ago I have had the chance to meet a lot of people, young and old, that I would never have gotten a chance to meet any other way.
    I have also learned a lot of skills and hobbies since joining the Boy Scouts. I have overcome my fear of public speaking and water. I have bettered my morals. I have also learned to work with people.

  • It's up to states to fight illegal immigration

    Submitted by these members of the Virginia House of Delegates: Charles W. Carrico, Anne Crockett-Stark, Terry G. Kilgore, Joseph P. Johnson, James W. Moorefield

    Many of us in the Virginia General Assembly have once again taken action this year to deal with the burden of a federal failure.
    We have submitted proposed legislation concerning illegal immigration — a growing problem in the commonwealth.
    The fact is that illegal immigration costs the average American taxpayer $1,117 per year, and costs Virginia nearly $2 billion per year.

  • Carroll should ask attorney general's opinion

    The Carroll Board of Supervisors seems to think that the question about the county administrator’s potential conflict of interest with his investment in land near Wildwood has been put to rest.
    The chairman has stated that their collective conclusion is that there is no evidence of conflict of interest and that the board stands unconditionally behind Mr Larrowe.
    It is not clear that this conclusion is justified. It is based on a review by the county attorney, a person who relies on the board for employment.

  • Burning releases toxic chemical dioxin

    In response to the editor's note on Christmas tree waste burning: the real issue is "waste burning of chemical compounds creating toxic dioxin" causing health damages.
    The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed in the 1970s that dioxin is a cancer hazard and serious health threat. Its science advisory board published a nine-volume report. In 1986 it proposed controls on dioxin emissions. EPA Chief William Reily reported increases in cancers to people exposed to dioxin, 82 percent above the norm.

  • End cuts to education spending in Virginia

    Harold Golding is chairman of the Southwest Region, Virginia School Boards Association Board of Directors

    “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action,” the British philosopher Herbert Spencer once wrote.
    Today, I urge you to take action to help the education system in Virginia be as strong as it can possibly be. You can make a difference in the future of our children and in the welfare of our communities.
    Are you aware that per pupil spending in Virginia has decreased by almost 20 percent since 2007?